4/26/2014
As a complement to the recent Andy Warhol discovery, Macpaint.org is pleased to offer new works that we salvaged from some even older floppy disks ourselves. Matt Kinnamont was a security guard at the Mac factory in 1983 and 1984 and had the chance to play with Macpaint on the job. His tiger drawing was shown on a large monitor in the lobby to greet visitors. Head over to the historical gallery to read his story.
 
11/16/2012
A new image, of a somewhat different character than most of the rest of the collection, has been added to the historical gallery. We have Albert Calleros and his "scurrilous" friend Anton to thank for this new addition. In the interest of history, we are pleased to archive this classy example of historical Macpaint use.
 
7/17/2012
There is another new artist now linked in the Contemporary Artists section. Jerónimo Jimenez is an artist, musician and architect living in Mexico City. He has participated in exhibitions in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City and Bucarest. As a member of the Computers Club Drawing Society, he uses an online collaborative program similar to Macpaint.

Here are some of his other current projects:
°Ñaka Ñaka
°UFOria!
°Internet Archaeology
°Tiliche (Taller de Diseño)
°Mystics of the Lower Sort
°Tienda de Comercios

 
7/10/2012
Macpaint brought computer graphics within reach of average users, but not everyone had the time or drawing ability to make new drawings whenever they wanted to add some graphics to a document. While limited digital clip art existed before the Mac, demand for it and the ability to use it both skyrocketed in 1984. To document the type of Macpaint art that many casual users had access to, we are pleased to launch the Macpaint Clip Art Gallery. There is too much of it to display at present, but this first installment will provide a basic idea of what was available.
 
2/26/2012
Finally, a new addition to the current artists gallery. Two Korean graphic designers, Sulki and Min Choi, created some fabric patterns with Macpaint last year. Hopefully this will satisfy some of your Macpaint needs while you're waiting for the large clipart gallery we're working on. If you see any other contemporary Macpaint art floating around the internet, please get in touch.
 
2/20/2012
There has been something of a glaring omission here at Macpaint.org up until now: The Japanese Lady by Susan Kare. It is hard to know where to start with this one. It is certainly the most famous Macpaint image, so it seemed somehow unnecessary to remind our visitors of it, but the collection would hardly be complete without it. This was the image used to sell Macpaint, and the Mac. Susan Kare drew it from a woodcut belonging to Steve Jobs, and it found its way into most of the early Mac advertising. If ever there was a picture that was worth 1000 words, it was this one. In 1984, the fact that this could be made on a Macintosh told you everything you really needed to know about the new computer.

Coming soon: a huge collection of the earliest digital clipart.

 
2/13/2012
We had some technical difficulties on the local machine (mechanical hard drives have not gotten that much more reliable since MacPaint was around), but everything is finally restored from backup and we're happy to bring you some long-awaited updates. First, we have an animation from Mike Yates (originally from a cityscape drawn in MacPaint).

Next, we're pleased to present a full page of drawings from David Chambers. Dave managed to dig up some more printouts from 1984-1986 -- there are more from his aunt's Mac and some earlier images he produced on his brother's office computer in 1984.

There are some big changes coming to the site in the next several months, so check back.



 
11/18/2011
The site has joined the 21st century, in a way. Now you can share it on your favorite social networks. Visit the sharing page to find links for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon and others. Our best hope of preserving all the remaining Macpaint art is for many people across the web to find the site and send in their files and disks. Share it now and help fight bit rot!
 
10/3/2011
Today we remember Steve Jobs, without whom the images we see on this site would not exist. He didn't invent graphical interfaces or write any of the software. But he made it all happen when it did and sold the world on his ideas. I recreated the portrait on the right from one Susan Kare drew in February 1983. Imagine it inserted into the end of this beautiful video from 1997, which is surely the best obituary there can be for him.
 
9/11/2011
Images from David Newman have been added to the historical gallery. One of them was created within the first two weeks of Macpaint being available.

We now have a Mac SE and are working on getting it networked to a more modern computer, so as to read 400k and 800k disks. This is not a simple thing, but it will happen one way or another, and we'll be able to read any disks you send in. Get in touch with the Contact link if you have any disks you'd like preserved.

 
7/12/2011
Images from Stefan Beck have been added to the historical gallery. These abstract designs were created in 1989. Beck is currently working with an organization that is trying to de-emphasize art galleries and provide more exposure to art via other means, including the internet.

Is your Macpaint art stuck on 400k or 800k disks that you can't read any more? We're working on getting an old Mac with an appropriate disk drive working to be able to rescue those images. Get in touch if you have disks you want read or any hardware you'd like to donate to the effort.

 
6/15/2011
An image from David Pohl has been added to the historical gallery. It was the cover of a cassette his band put out in 1985.

If you are using IE 3, you should notice fewer javascript errors on the site now. Hopefully those were not ruining your experience before. They did not cause crashes, so eliminating them for anyone using IE 3 was a low priority. But now feel free to browse the site with less interuption on your 68k Macs or 486 PCs. Thanks to reader Yuhong Bao for tips on this issue.

 
6/5/2011
Three drawings from Chris Evans have been added to the historical gallery. This is the first example on the site of art by a relatively young child. In Evans' case, Macpaint did end up leading to a career in digital art and 3D rendering, but there were plenty of children who simply used Macpaint instead of crayons and eventually forgot about art. If this was you (or your kids), don't hesitate to send in some samples that will help document how people of all ages and skill levels used Macpaint.
 
5/31/2011
Thanks to the RetroMacCast for their mention of the site. Check out their podcast if you're interested in the history or collectable aspects of Apple computers.

More 1980s art to come later this week.

 
5/19/2011
Thank you to Adam Rosen of the Vintage Mac Museum for his write up about the site. His museum is a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about the history of Macs. Macpaint would be useless without all the hardware featured on Adam's site.

Images from David Chambers have been added to the historical gallery. Will you be next? Submit your Macpaint art now
 
5/16/2011
Macpaint.org is online. A big thank you to the artists who have agreed to archive their work in the historical gallery. The collection of 1980s images will grow continuously. If you'd like your old Macpaint art to be displayed here, get in touch. Also drop a line if you are currently using Macpaint in your art; the artists featured here are just some favorites that have come to my attention. There are more out there, and I want to hear from you.